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Today's News

  • Eagles positioned for playoff run

    By Craig Harper — For the Courier

    ARVADA — With Lakewood and Ralston Valley combining for an impressive 26-2 Class 5A Jeffco League record this season, Dakota Ridge needn’t hang its head after going winless — 0-4 — against the conference juggernauts.

    “I was hoping to sneak one of those wins in,” Eagles’ coach Diane Thompson said after a 64-57 loss to Ralston Valley on Feb. 19 in Dakota Ridge’s regular-season finale.

  • Wins hard to come by at Pepsi Center

    DENVER — Earl C. Manzanares started the state wrestling tournament with a bang Feb. 18 at Pepsi Center.

    The Chatfield sophomore pulled off one of the biggest first-round upsets in the Class 5A tournament. Manzanares faced Cherry Creek senior Terrell Wooley, a regional champion, in the opening round and held on to take a 12-10 victory to advance into the 160-pound quarterfinals.

  • Undefeated league champions

    LITTLETON — Before turning the page, along with its attention, to the Class 5A boys basketball state tournament, Chatfield had a little cleaning up to take care of Feb. 19.

    The Chargers (21-2, 14-0 in 5A Jeffco League) completed their sweep of the conference with a dominating 90-46 home victory over Pomona (5-18, 0-14). Chatfield also ran its winning streak to 12 games entering the state tournament that begins this week.

  • Eagles enter state playoffs on chilly note

    LITTLETON — The brutal truth came from the mouths of Dakota Ridge hockey players last Saturday night.

     “We played bad from start to finish,” Dakota Ridge senior defenseman Zach Ross said after a 6-1 loss to Regis Jesuit at The Edge Ice Arena. “The second period we had five minutes of OK hockey, but nowhere near our caliber. It really gets you when you know you are better than that.”

  • No charges filed against homeowner in Craigslist robbery

    No charges will be filed in the Jan. 24 shooting death of David Martinez, 38, at a South Jeffco home during a robbery, Jeffco District Attorney Pete Weir announced Wednesday.

    Martinez was shot by the home's owner as he allegedly attempted to flee after a robbery at the home on South Taft Court. Martinez was transported to St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, where he died a short time later.

  • Pass the crow: Predictions didn’t fly

    Anybody know where a guy can buy some crow meat? And while we’re at it, do any of you have a good crow recipe?

    I confidently wrote last year that while Donald Trump’s and Bernie Sanders’ campaigns for president were showing signs of success, they couldn’t last. I asserted that Trump’s success was nothing more than the result of the outrageousness of his comments, and that Sanders’ appeal had more to do with an enthusiasm gap for Hillary Clinton than for any real support for him.

  • OUR READERS WRITE

    Library says thanks for additional funds

    Editor:

    As property tax notices begin to arrive, we want to say “Thanks!”

  • Area legislators weigh in on state budget priorities

     The Columbine Courier checked in with area lawmakers to learn about their priorities for the state budget and for the rest of the legislative session.

    Weighing in were Republican state Rep. Justin Everett, District 22; Democratic state Sen. Andy Kerr, District 22; and Republican state Rep. Tim Leonard, District 25.

    General thoughts on what needs to happen with the state budget?

  • LOCAL BRIEFS

    Inter-Canyon Fire spruces up its stations

    The Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District’s new chief wants district fire stations to be a place where firefighters will want to hang out.

    Fire Chief Skip Shirlaw, who was hired as the district’s first paid chief in January, said renovations planned at the stations will focus on making them comfortable and welcoming.

  • Mountain area residents offer ideas at school board forum

     Mountain area residents at a Jeffco Public Schools community forum had plenty of ideas for how the district should spend its money, with various attendees suggesting more incentives for teachers in hard-to-fill fields or hard-to-staff schools, bulking up the district’s security team, or providing more funding for the arts.